Ask These Questions Before Buying A New Piano

Ask These Questions Before Buying A New Piano

Have you created your New Year’s resolutions and checked them twice? Are you looking for a new hobby, one you can work at for life? Look no further than taking up the piano. It’s one of the most rewarding experiences you can bring into your life. 

But before you take your first lesson or buy new sheet music, you’ll have to buy a new piano first. 

Where do you start? Ask these questions first. 

What’s your budget?

While you might start out with a specific dollar figure in mind, stop by and talk with one of our associates to learn more about pianos first. Talk about your expectations, who will be playing, and what your goals are. We can show you how to get the best value for your money. Then with several options in mind, you can select the right instrument to fit with your financial expectations. It’s a better way of making a purchase you can live with for years to come. 

What do you want from your piano?

There are different types of pianos that can offer you the ability to do many different things. Do you lack space in your home? An upright might be the perfect choice. Have you always dreamed of putting a grand piano on display? Or maybe you’re looking for digital technology to connect up with your computer? If you’ve identified your needs before you talk with one of our associates, we’ll have a better idea of showing you your best options. 

Does brand matter? 

There are many different brands and manufacturers in the piano industry. While many have heard of Steinway, there are many other brands that are perfect for the home environment. What’s the difference? We’re happy to explain the philosophy of each major brand we sell, and show you how it applies to the general quality and longevity of the piano. 

What about warranties?

If you buy off Craigslist, what you see is what you get. But when you shop with a dealer, you’ll have protection against many situations that may occur in the future. Many piano brands are built with manual processes. While love and care are built into each one, sometimes things can go wrong. Isn’t it nice knowing you have a warranty in place to protect you? 

How should I care for the piano? 

If you search the internet, you’ll find all kinds of advice on properly caring for your piano. Use wax – don’t use wax. Use furniture polish – stay away. Who do you trust? That’s where a reputable piano dealer can be your best friend. Ask how they recommend caring for the finish, when to tune it, and how to preserve its looks for years to come. You won’t have to go searching the internet for clues. We’ll give you everything you need. 

4 Reasons A Piano Showroom Is The Best Place To Buy A Piano

4 Reasons A Piano Showroom Is The Best Place To Buy A Piano

Would you ever login to a website, fall in love with a house, and hit the buy button a few minutes after seeing it? How about a car, would you buy one without shopping around? 

With the biggest purchases in our lives, we understand it takes time to learn all about it, and invest the time to discover the right choice for our lifestyles. 

Depending on what you’re purchasing, the time invested in research may go down. You’ll spend more time finding the right contractor to remodel your kitchen than you would buying a toaster. 

Now let’s talk about buying a piano. A piano is a relatively large purchase. It’s also something you can bring into your home and have around for decades. Purchase the right one, and it can be a family heirloom you pass down generation after generation. 

Why should your purchase involve consulting with a piano showroom? What makes a piano dealer better than finding one online? 

Look and compare

Some things are easy to buy online. That toaster, for example, is something you know and understand. Reading about the features and comparing the costs are all you need to make an informed decision. But choosing a piano is an entirely different experience. By coming into a piano showroom, you can compare several makes and models to hear the differences. You can learn about specific sizes and the impact it has on sound. You can compare appearances and make the best selection for your decor. 

Hear the differences

A piano is a unique instrument, each make and model made in entirely different ways. Some pianos are still handbuilt from the ground up, taking many months to go through the process. You can hear the difference when you play two or more side by side. Whether you’re buying a piano to start a new hobby, or want to give your child the gift of music, it’s important to play on a high quality instrument that sounds good to the ear. Imagine playing a piano that’s way out of tune – would that motivate you to stick with your practice schedule? 

Gain the experience of a professional

When you visit a piano showroom, you’ll be speaking with people that are passionate about playing the piano. They’ll have years of experience in both playing and selling pianos. You’ll be able to get answers to every question you have, and maybe even some questions you didn’t think to ask. Then can guide you to making the right choice for your home, and cut down on buyer’s remorse. They’ll ensure you love the piano you choose, and are excited about having it delivered to your home. 

New or used

Did you know piano showrooms will sell both new and used pianos? These aren’t the used pianos you’ll find on Craigslist, the ones being stored in the basement for years until someone cleans out the home. These are high quality instruments that have many years left of life, and that offer you a chance of getting a higher quality instrument at a lower price. Whether you prefer new or used, or simply want to compare and learn the differences, a piano showroom is the perfect place to do it. 

We want you to be happy with your final purchase. Whether you have specifics in mind, or are still weighing your options, stop by our piano showroom today and find the perfect piano for your needs. 

What To Do After You Buy a New Piano

What To Do After You Buy a New Piano

It usually starts with an inkling of wanting something new in your life. A new hobby is just what you need. You’ve always wanted to play the piano – why not put that at the top of this year’s goals?

So you start doing your research and find the perfect piano for your needs. No what?

How can you ensure you’ll use your new instrument long after the purchase? What should you do after you buy a new piano and bring it into your home?

Step one: Location

This may seem obvious, you might even have a place picked out. But we would like to offer a little advice before you make this new spot your piano’s home. 

Pianos are highly sensitive instruments. They can last a lifetime – generations even – if you take proper care of it. That means moving it away from drafts, vents, and registers. A piano can’t take the constant flow of heat and cold, changing rapidly during the day. Nor can it take direct sunlight streaming in. 

Step two: Start establishing your routine

When you first bring your piano home, you’re excited about the prospect of playing. But as life resumes, and you’re hit by all that life brings, you can put your goals to learn to play on hold. Establish your routine quickly to ensure you stick with it. 

That includes doing two things. First, establish a practice pattern. This doesn’t mean staying rigid with a 30 minute per day playing schedule. What it does mean is to establish a time each day when you can sit down and play and enjoy what you’re doing. Some days may be ten minutes, other days may be longer. It’s important to enjoy the process rather than feel like you’re stuck to a routine. 

Second, find ways to improve what you do. Take one on one lessons to perfect your playing. Take group lessons to learn from others. Sign up for online learning by playing games or using a software program. Be creative with this process to hold your attention throughout the year. 

Step three: Set goals

Like everything you do in life, you stay more focused on your goals if you have something to shoot for. 

Is there a favorite song you hope to play? Your teacher can help you stay on track to play it. 

Want to show off your talents at a holiday show? Set your intentions now and work towards preparing the right music. 

Playing the piano is something you can do at all ages, all abilities, and enjoy for a variety of reasons. When you establish your “why”, it gives you reasons to move forward with your practice each day. 

And that’s the best way to stay focused on the end result. 

It all starts when you buy a new piano. Will this be your year? 

Going Piano Shopping? Keep These Tips In Mind

Going Piano Shopping? Keep These Tips In Mind

You’ve decided to go piano shopping. You’re ready to bring music into your home. 

It’s important to take the right steps in the piano buying process to ensure you get a high quality instrument that will last for years to come. 

Your first step is to find a piano showroom that will provide you with an opportunity to learn all about the piano as an instrument. A knowledgeable sales associate can educate you on the differences between brands, sizes, and models. They’ll also be able to answer all of your questions as you move forward. 

Still, there are some things you should pay attention to as you narrow down your choices. 

Sound

Not all pianos sound the same. A piano will even sound different to individuals, depending on their preferences or tone. Some offer a rich tone. Others may be vibrant and lively. Some are built to sound beautiful in a large auditorium, while others will have a stronger voice in a smaller room in your home. By coming into a piano showroom, you’ll have the opportunity to hear a variety of pianos, and be able to pick the one that suits your tastes. 

Keys

While there are many parts on a piano that are considered crucial, arguably the keys would be at the top of the list. To be a great piano player, you learn by touching the keys. If you invest in an inexpensive electronic keyboard, for example, you’ll find they have cheap plastic keys that aren’t properly weighted. You’ll never be able to play by touch if you don’t learn with the proper tools. You should also pay attention to the way every key moves. Does a key stick? Is it cracked? Does it produce sound?

Warranty

A piano isn’t a static piece of furniture you place in a room and forget it’s there. With thousands of parts, there’s a lot that can go wrong. If you choose to work with a reputable dealer, you’ll have the added protection of having a warranty in place, that can protect you from any problems a piano may have encountered during the manufacturing process. Look for a dealer that stands behind their work. 

Play it first

This will be an instrument you bring into your home and play for many years to come. Don’t just look at the finish and admire the setup. Instead, take the time to sit down and play it. Without playing it, you won’t be able to feel it. Don’t be nervous about playing in front of people. You can always ask to sit down by yourself for a few moments to compare your final selections. A reputable dealer understands your desire to be happy with your purchase. They’ll give you time to make an informed decision, and help you be satisfied with your purchase. 

It’s The Best Time Of The Year To Buy a New Piano

It’s The Best Time Of The Year To Buy a New Piano

If you’ve decided to give yourself or your child the gift of music, you might have sticker shock looking at how much pianos cost. Of course, there are many ways to save. If you’re hunting on price alone, chances are you’ve even found someone willing to “give” their piano to you at no cost. 

Your piano will be your tool to create great music. The saying “you get what you pay for” applies here. If you take the time to find a high quality piano, you’re going to love the results, have the desire to play it more, and stick with it throughout your life. 

Is there a best time of year to buy a new piano, to get the best deal possible? Turns out, there is. 

Holidays

Over the holidays, people are busy traveling and spending time with loved ones. They head out more. They travel more. And they’re less likely to shop for an instrument. At the same time, piano dealers understand that if you want to provide your family with a unique gift, it’s a great time to clear out older inventory and make room for newer models. That makes this the perfect time for you to save. 

Back to school

As school bells ring again in the fall, families go on the hunt for the perfect afterschool activities to enroll their children in. As a part of the process, piano dealers know lots of families will look towards the arts and push their children into discovering music. You can find deals on new and used pianos as they offer back to school sales. 

Summer

What do you think about as the weather turns warm and the summer months roll along? Chances are it’s got nothing to do with sitting inside. Piano dealers know that and frequently offer deals on both new and used pianos in an attempt to move inventory and clear the way for newer pianos coming in for the fall. If you have your heart set on a particular style or brand, this is a great time to head into a piano center and take the time to learn more about particular brands. Ask as many questions as you need to find the right piano for your needs. 

Other holidays

At the end of the day, piano showrooms are in the business of selling pianos. They operate similarly to other businesses in that they try and find ways to be approachable by their community. If you’re thinking about investing in a piano, you can watch for great deals throughout the year based on current events. Will you find a President’s Day sale, or even one celebrating the Fourth of July? Stop by; working with a dealer might even reward you with the piano you’ve been longing for at the best deal possible. 

Pianos are an investment. They deliver year-round enjoyment for many years to come. No matter what your goals and dreams are for purchasing an instrument, buying a new piano is easy when you build a relationship with your local piano dealer. 

We’ll help you find the right piano for the right price today. 

Don’t Make These Mistakes When Buying a Piano

Don’t Make These Mistakes When Buying a Piano

Are you looking to buy your first piano? It can be a difficult decision to make. Especially when you start your search online, and find a lot of mixed viewpoints on where to start. With decades in the business, here are a few things we recommend our customers keep in mind as they shop. 

What is your commitment level?

Playing the piano isn’t something you’ll pick up overnight. It’s a commitment that can give you a lifetime of pleasure, providing you’re willing to do the work. Are you ready to give what it takes to ensure your child succeeds at playing the piano? It starts with commitment right upfront. You have to have the right tools – a cheap piano you get on sale at the holidays from a big box store isn’t a real piano. You have to have a piano that sounds good and plays good. It should have weighted keys to learn to play by touch. You should invest in proper training, and ensure your child sticks with a schedule to make practice a part of their week. 

Are you ready to maintain the piano?

A piano is a piano, you buy it and play it, right? There’s actually more to it than that. To keep a piano in good playing condition, it needs regular maintenance. That starts with tune-ups. A new piano might require several a year to ensure the notes stay in tune. A seasoned piano may require two a year – this is where working with a piano tuner comes in handy, as she’ll learn how your piano plays. 

Do you know what you’re looking for?

You’re new at piano, so you begin with price. We all do it when we’re taking on a new hobby. But if you’ve learned in other activities that low-balling tools of the trade don’t always work, you won’t be surprised to learn that’s especially true with playing the piano. Shop online and you’ll quickly find pianos at low cost, or even offered for free. You can take lessons for free just from watching YouTube videos. Isn’t that “good enough?”

You already know the answer … No. Those free pianos are free for a reason. Chances are, they’ve sat in a corner for years, decades, without attention, and without proper care. They won’t sound right. They won’t play right. And it’s difficult to fall in love with an activity when you can’t participate properly. A highly trained and motivated instructor will also provide what it takes to stay excited and engaged with lessons and practice. Try that with a YouTube channel.

If you’re going to dedicate yourself to learning the piano, the only way you can reach for success is to do it the right way. 

If you’re buying a piano because you want to play the piano, be sure to spend the time, energy, and money ensuring you select one that can give you years of enjoyment. 

Piano or Keyboard – What’s For You?

Piano or Keyboard – What’s For You?

So you want to learn to play the piano. The first step in the process is getting an instrument you can play as you practice. 

While that may sound like an easy task, from the moment you start looking, you’ll find there are many ways to fulfill the task. You can find inexpensive keyboards at your local big box store. Or you can invest in an acoustic piano that can be a part of your home for years to come. What’s the right choice for you? 

Let’s start with keyboards. What makes digital keyboards increasingly popular is their ability to connect with your computer, and share your creations with family and friends on social media. It’s turned many musicians from players into creators, all at the touch of a button. You can serve as your own orchestra or band, using your keyboard to create dozens of different sounds and setups. 

That makes it sound like investing in a keyboard is the right choice for everyone. Not so fast. Keyboards might be perfect for creating a variety of sounds, but it can also create a reliance on mechanics to create the sounds you are looking for. 

When you take the time to learn how to play an acoustic piano, you are getting down to the basics of learning to play. It’s more difficult at first, because you’re learning how to create music with precision. You’re learning the touch of the keys and the timing of the sounds. You’re learning volume, voice, and how to strike the keys. You’re learning what the pedals are, and how to hold your hands to play properly. This is about knowledge of music, more than utilizing technology to create sound. 

Before you invest in a piano or keyboard, ask yourself a few questions first. 

  • Where will you play the piano or keyboard?
  • What is your ultimate goal?
  • Will you be predominantly playing for yourself?
  • Do you hope to play with a group?
  • Do you hope to transfer your skills to other instruments?

The more you choose to make music a part of your life, the more important it is to get down to theory, and have a broad understanding of how the piano works. 

What’s the best choice for you: piano or keyboard? 

We’d love to hear what helped you make your final selection. 

Establishing a Target Plan for Which Piano To Buy For Your Church

Establishing a Target Plan for Which Piano To Buy For Your Church

If you’re a musical director for a church, it can sometimes be difficult to ensure you have the right pianos in place for all of your musical needs. Especially if you have members willing to donate one they are no longer using. 

Should you accept it? Or should you hold out for one better suited for your needs. Even if it means you have to pay premium dollars for it later on. 

There is a difference between a piano designed for home use, and one created to handle commercial applications. The tonal quality of one for a small home is different than one that will project music out into a congregation or auditorium. 

Large Sanctuaries

Whether the piano is to be used as a solar instrument or one that accompanies vocalists, it’s not recommended to buy anything less than a 6 foot grand piano that is performance or professional grade. If you have a large congregation, will be recording performances, or regularly hold recitals or other musical events, you might upgrade to a seven to nine foot performance grand piano. The sound increase will make the music stand out that much more. 

Choir Rooms and Rehearsal Spaces

Because these rooms are smaller and less critical, you have more options for what piano to use. A grand 5’6” to 6’ is perfectly acceptable in these situations. You can also move to an upright; just be sure it’s a professional series and can produce high quality sound. A performance quality upright 46 inches or taller can often produce superior tonal quality to many grands under 5’6”. 

Verticals between 48 and 49 inches are built for performance, with larger soundboards, longer strings, and heavier hammers. They work well for choir accompaniment. 

Verticals over 50 inches can often sound like a grand piano, and have good projection in smaller auditoriums. They are often less expensive than the smallest of grand pianos, making them a good choice in these situations.  

Grands 5’6” to 6’4” are midsize grands, and are too small to be considered professional. They work well in rehearsal spaces, or rooms where accompaniment is their only purpose. 

Semi-grands range from 6’5” to 7’11” and are built to provide high quality sound in smaller halls. They do very well for accompaniment work. 

Full concert grand 8’ to 9’ or longer are reserved for professional settings where solo work occurs regularly. If you will be showcasing piano in your concert series, this is the best piano to have on hand. 

What size piano is needed for your church setting? 

How To Select a Performance Piano

How To Select a Performance Piano

A piano is a piano, right? If you’re a concert pianist, you know that statement isn’t true. 

Because every piano is created in a different manner. Every piano has its own voice. And to play a piano that has a deep, rich sound perfect for your ears, that makes playing it that much more enjoyable. 

As a pianist grows in capability, chances are they play on a variety of instruments. They become more experienced at what makes a great piano, and what doesn’t. 

Performance pianos are often purchased for commercial settings – a concert hall, a church, or a school. Occasionally they are purchased for home use too, especially if the homeowner is a professional. 

While the average person might not be able to tell the subtle differences between pianos, a true professional will. And when it comes to buying, they usually have a preference in mind. 

Start there. Start with brands, makes, or models you desire. Then pay attention to what’s available in your market. If you have several on the table, eliminate the least powerful. 

A piano is all about self expression. It’s about creating the right sound for you and your audience. 

In the end, it’s a personal choice. 

Evaluate every instrument you are considering for:

Power – a piano is one of the most powerful instruments in an orchestra. It commands attention no matter what the size of the hall. Be sure it projects that power outward, and can sound good in its final location. 

Tone – tonal quality is all about pitch, timbre, sustain, and volume. This is about the sound the piano creates internally, and how it projects that sound out. 

Action – you can’t just purchase a piano off the internet. You have to sit down and play them. Because pianos are ever-changing, you can’t assume a piano today will remain in the same condition. It changes over time. But it should feel and sound natural, especially to the person playing it. It can be adjusted over time to create different sounds, but playing it will help the pianist feel the music it can create. 

Performance pianos should be acclimated to its final resting point, whether in a concert hall or in your home. Once it’s been inside for a few days, a tuner can ensure it’s properly regulated. Also, keep in mind that different people may be playing it, and have different ideas on how it should sound. We recommend acclimating it extensively, giving everyone a chance to play it and voice their opinions. 

That will help you create a piano that’s right for its location, for years into the future. 

Advice on Buying a Used Piano

Advice on Buying a Used Piano

When parents decide to sign up their child for piano lessons, they are faced with several decisions. The first being based around buying an instrument. 

  • Is buying a used piano okay, or do we need to invest in new? 
  • Will my child quickly lose interest in playing the piano?
  • A piano is a piano. They can start to learn on anything; can’t we just upgrade when they show interest? 

Of course, many parents wind up selecting a piano that doesn’t motivate their child to take action. And their interest in music wanes. 

Why?

If a piano is too old, doesn’t play well, or doesn’t provide the proper resources for a child to learn with, it becomes useless to a child. But a child can’t express this. They don’t understand what’s wrong. They just know their playing isn’t satisfying, they can’t achieve the results their teacher is looking for, 

For these reasons, we recommend learning all you can about a piano before you buy. 

Buying a used piano doesn’t have to be difficult. Your child can do quite well by learning on a used instrument. The key is in what you buy. 

Yes, you can find used instruments on Craigslist. You might even be able to find them for free. 

But if you do a little investigation, their story is often something like this. You call up the owner and they say:

“It was my mother’s. I’ve had it in the basement for a couple of decades. It’s in good condition. Nobody’s played it for years. But the finish still shines.”

The finish isn’t what matters. It’s the internal workings that create a piano worth playing. And if it’s been sitting there that long, untouched, chances are the wood and strings and other components aren’t in their best condition. They’ve slowly degraded over time. 

Without proper tuning, it won’t sound its best. And there’s a chance it can never return to its proper sound. 

Is that what your child will be learning on?